Words We Cannot Say is the poster child for inclusivity in a modern world.
Fast-paced from the beginning, a lot of ground is covered, and you’re expected to jump on board. I was definitely intrigued but uncertain; several characters feel selfish, judgmental, or annoying at first. But as the story continues, these characters become nuanced and more well-rounded. I found my opinion of several of them changing as the story evolved.
While Words We Cannot Say is set in our time and our world, it feels like a utopia. The characters are open-minded and conscious of others’ feelings and beliefs. Covering almost every angle of fertility (and infertility), abortion, adoption, IVF, miscarriage, and stillbirth are all on the table. On top of this, several different relationship models are explored, from extramarital affairs to polyamorous marriage and almost everything in between. This may sound like a lot, but it is all addressed naturally throughout without feeling like a checklist of inclusivity. Because of how much is addressed, it does feel at times that we are getting a quick summary or shallow exploration, but for the most part, I found the narrative to be inciteful and respective of many different life choices.
For an open discussion about fertility and family, I would highly recommend Words We Cannot Say.